Actors Jeremy Davidson and Mary Stuart Masterson visit South Glens Falls High School

May 17, 2017

A SGF student with Davidson and Masterson.Film, television and stage stars, Mary Stuart Masterson and her husband, Jeremy Davidson, visited South Glens Falls High School on Tuesday, May 16, to promote their upcoming performance of “the little things.”

The couple also payed visit to South Glens Falls High School to thank students for selecting the Lyme Action Network (LAN) as a recipient in this year’s South High Marathon Dance, which was held March 3-4, 2017, at South Glens Falls High School. This year’s 40th annual SHMD raised $823,614.19 to benefit 40 recipients.

The actors first met with a group of students who are interested in careers in theater, film and the arts, to talk about their craft and about life as an artist. The conversation was followed by a brunch with the South High Marathon Dance student chairpeople to thank them for their efforts.

“This was an incredible opportunity for our theater and music students to connect with highly successful professionals in the industry,” said Betsy Stambach-Fuller, South Glens Falls High School music teacher and director of Vocal Point. “Mary Stuart and Jeremy were able to speak to the high demands of the business as actors, singers, directors, writers, and producers, and the importance of ‘learning from moments of failure’ to ultimately achieve success.”

SHMD Student Chairpeople have brunch with Jeremy Davidson and Mary Stuart Masterson.Stambach-Fuller said the couple also stressed the importance of engaging in healthy practices to find success in both the industry and in life.

“We were so thankful for the wisdom they imparted to the students and deeply admired their charisma and genuine relaxed nature,” she added. Stambach said Davidson and Masterson seemed to be extremely impressed with the professional acting techniques (specifically, the Alexander Technique and the Linnklater Voice Method) that are integrated into South High’s theater program, explaining that they weren’t exposed to those techniques until professional training in college.

The South High Marathon Dance awarded money to the Lyme Action Network to bring the acclaimed docudrama, authored by Davidson and directed by Masterson, to the Wood Theater in Glens Falls on May 22, 2017, at 7:30 p.m. The true story, based on the agonizing experiences of a family from Poughkeepsie, shines a light on the human side of Lyme disease, a disease that will infect nearly 400,000 people in the U.S. this year. A quarter of the victims will be children.

SHMD Student Chairpeople have brunch with Jeremy Davidson and Mary Stuart Masterson.“We are honored that Jeremy and Mary Stuart are able and willing to visit South High to share their experiences with our students and we have no doubt this will be something they will remember for a long time,” said South Glens Falls High School Principal Carla Biviano.

In addition, those interested in learning more about the May 22, 2017, production of “the little things” are encouraged to visit the Charles R. Wood Theater’s website at http://www.woodtheater.org/event/lyme-action-network-presents-little-things/.

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